Philadelphia has come a long way since horse-drawn carriages! For more than a century after its founding, Philadelphia was primarily a walking city, with few methods of travel to areas outside of the city limits. With the Consolidation Act of 1854 and Philadelphia expanding its territory from just two to 130 square miles, the need for a more robust public transit system quickly developed. Smaller private organizations soon lost out to larger corporations such as Philadelphia Rapid Transit (and subsequently the Philadelphia Transit Company). In the mid-1900s, Philadelphia began subsidizing transportation, and the creation of the South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) was formed to oversee operations.
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